Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk Opens Halloweenfest

in Transylvania County  – Friday, October 24

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Brevard’s downtown art galleries, retail stores and restaurants invite everyone to come out on Friday night, October 24 to experience the Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walk and the opening of Halloweenfest in Transylvania County. The Gallery Walk will run from 5 pm – 9 pm with art openings, music, food, wine and a pet costume parade.

The Oskar Blues Trolley will run during gallery walk from 6 pm – 8 pm with stops at West Main Street in front of Hunters & Gatherers, and then it heads over to Haen Gallery and 185 King Street, then to the TC Arts Council before heading back to West Main Street.  The trolley will do continuous loops from 6–8 pm.

For this Halloween Gallery Walk, Pure Pets will feature a Pet Parade at 6:30 pm. It will be followed by a Costume Party at Pure Pets from 7 pm – 9 pm. Pets and owners are invited to wear a costume for the Pet Parade and Costume Party. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Behavior, and Best Trick. The Pet Parade starts at Pure Pets located at 210 S. Broad Street in downtown Brevard.

The Transylvania Heritage Museum will host a Harvest Supper during Gallery Walk from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.  On Friday night come enjoy the music of the Blue Ridge Bakery Boys, have a bowl of hot soup, and visit the Museum. On Saturday for Halloweenfest the Museum will be working on the Ghost Tours and the Museum will be closed during the festival. Tickets will be available all day at the Heart of Brevard Ticket Booth, $5 per person. Tours will start at 5 pm and run every 15 minutes as long as there are participants.  Tours will end for the night at 6:45 pm. Come and hear some frightening Transylvania Tales!

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has teamed with local artist Joe Bruneau and his creative friends for a fun new art exhibit opening during gallery walk call “The Mystery Exhibit.” Artists include: Joe Bruneau, Stephen P. Jackson, John Adams, Eric Singdahlsen, Alexis Culver and more. Mediums include: painting, photography, mixed media, collage and fiber arts. A reception for the public to meet the artists will be held during gallery walk from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Red Wolf Gallery will present the works of abstract expressionist Edie Maney of Nashville, TN. Maney explains her approach to her art, “The language of color is profound in my exploration of the painting process. I consider myself an Abstract Expressionist. It is color that determines the shape, motion and texture in the design and composition of my work. Emotional expression and meditation are the directive elements of my style. I experience my passion for life through my paintings.” Friday Night Live at Red Wolf Gallery will offer Joe Bill Laudermilk. Joe Bill utilizes six and twelve string guitars, banjo and other instruments. He plays and sings Rock, Soft Rock Oldies and music spanning from the 1920s to present. Because of his experience with The Ray Bloch Orchestra (of the Ed Sullivan Show) and the Peter Duchin Orchestra, he also performs Standards, Jazz, popular and Social Tunes.

Number 7 Arts Gallery located next to the Red Wolf Gallery is a cooperative of 27 local artists. The featured artist for October is Erin Keane. Keane is an encaustic artist and bookbinder. Her encaustics feature personal photography, intricately hand-cut designs, and mixed media compositions. Her hand- bound journals showcase original encaustic artwork, distinctive binding, and hand-torn pages. “The artist in me craves to explore new techniques, structures, and ideas. This curiosity and drive for originality led me to combine my two obsessions, encaustic and journals. The resulting books are individual works of art and conversation pieces.” Keane is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Stop by to meet Erin Keane and have some refreshments.

The newest gallery in Brevard, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques will showcase the work of Wes Dunkelberg. Laura Gossage co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques said, “New discoveries in the folk art world are always exciting! Trade-Arama has unearthed a previously unseen group of paintings by Brevard native, Wes Dunkelberg. Selected works from the collection are on display in the gallery.” Stop by and check them out during Gallery Walk.

Visit The Haen Gallery at 200 King Street in the historic Brevard Lumberyard building to experience new work by artists Ben Nixon, Melinda Rosenberg, Mark Connelley, Miles Bair, and Mark Carter. Savor a glass of wine and a bit of dessert while you enjoy a wide array of stunning photography, paintings, sculptures, and this month… a special performance by Kate Steinbeck of Pan Harmonia. Starting at 6 pm, Kate will weave her flute magic as a prelude to Pan Harmonia’s concert on Friday, November 7th. With locations in Asheville and Brevard, The Haen Gallery offers exceptional work by established artists.

Paul Hawkins at Local Color invites you to stop by Local Color and do some good with your Gallery Walk purchases: 10% of Gallery Walk sales are donated to the TC Arts Council. Check out several new local artists in the shop: Up-Cycled Leather Creations by Ruth, Wall Art by Lynn, Fleece Caps by Becca, and Knit Slouch Beanies by eleven year old Lauryl. They have new Up-Cycled Art by Ms. Daryl and even more Handmade Bath & Body Products by Blue Ridge Naturals, and much more. Art Classes and Workshops are being offered at the Local Color sister location  “Coffee cARTS STUDIO”, the next building west of Sav-Mor. Visit www.CoffeecARTSstudio.com or call 877-5245 for class schedule and information.”  As always, free hugs, from Paul when you stop by Local Color!

It’s scary October and time for Brevard’s Gallery Walk – but Hunters & Gatherers isn’t scary! Think of it as a refuge from all the spooky happenings. Instead, stop by and meet the Featured Artist, Clair Sonnier and check out her elegant handmade jewelry. Clair uses sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, natural stones, blown glass and lampwork beads to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will set off your classiest outfit. As an added bonus, sip a gelato float using Brevard’s own Kiwi Gelato! Can’t get much better than that – but it does! The East Fork Gals will be providing the tunes to shop by. The fun starts at 5 pm and goes till 9 pm this Friday, October 24. Stop by 40 West Main Street in Brevard.

Just down the street at the Drew Deane Gallery explore new jewelry and memory boxes by gallery owner Drew Deane. Over at the White Squirrel Shoppe taste their signature drink – Mimosa’s and have a snack. While there, be sure to go upstairs and visit the art studio of Kenson Thompson.

Stop in at The.oph.ilus for wine and goodies and special gallery walk discounts. Next to The.oph.ilus sample beer with Oskar Blues at The Underground Salvage Co. And don’t forget – Rocky’s Grill located inside D. D. Bullwinkel’s will be open later for dinner.

Main Street Ltd. will host a free wine tasting from 5 pm to 7 pm with Doug Parker from Skyland Distributing. They will feature frightfully delicious wines at discount pricing and serve Trick or Treats. Anyone attending Gallery Walk in costume will receive 15% off all their purchases that evening.

Local artist Billy Smith will be painting live this Friday during gallery walk at Mountain Life CoWorking located at 120 West Main Street next to the Drew Deane Gallery. Smith teaches art classes at Coffee cARTS STUDIO and he painted the white squirrel mural in the alleyway by Hunters & Gatherers.

The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center will be open late for Gallery Walk from 5 pm – 7 pm. They will feature the paintings of Sharyn Fogel. Sharyn has won many awards for her paintings including: NC State Senior Games/Silver Arts: 2013, 1st Place Watercolor Land of Waterfalls Silver Arts: 2013 Best of Show; 1st Place Watercolor Summer Arts Showcase: 2012, Dorothy Moreau Watercolor Award; and Battle of the Brushes: Old Fort, NC: 2011. The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is a great place to park and walk during gallery walk.

The Phoenix will have Halloween decorations up, Spooky Drink Specials, and Live Music from The Zealots! A Great Asheville Band playing Americana/Indie/Rock. Music starts at 9 pm. Over at 185 King Street enjoy the band The Lower Caves starting at 8 pm. They make music that simultaneously refuses to follow a formula, yet is always immediately identifiable as their own. Aaron Ahlstrom’s (vocals/guitar) distinct tenor delivery which ranges from melancholic introspection to almost-delirious aggression provides the touchstone; giving fellow bandmates Jonathan Williams (drums), Jon Shearer (guitar/keys), and Sean Savacool (bass) the ability to provide an exceptionally wide variety of creative musical backdrops. Those soundscapes move between ethereal and hard-hitting, from art-rock to edgy alternative. There is a $5 charge for non-members.

Participating Retail Supporters of gallery walks include: Main Street Ltd., D.D. Bullwinkel’s, White Squirrel Shoppe, and The.oph.ilus.  Participating Restaurant and Music Venue Supporters of Gallery Walks include: The Falls Landing, The Square Root, HobNob, Marco Trattoria, The Phoenix, Rocky’s Grill And Soda Shop, Quotations, Brevard Brewing Company and 185 King Street.

The Brevard 4th Friday Gallery Walks are scheduled for the 4th Friday of every month April through December. (Due to the Holidays the December gallery walk will be on December 19). For information about the Gallery Walks call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787 or go to www.artsofbrevard.org and click on Art Tours.  The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.

Halloweenfest in Transylvania County will happen on Saturday, October 25 with a Costume Contest and Costume Parade, Baking Contest, Trick or Treating, Mountain Music Mash, Pumkin Carving Contest, a Haunted House, Ghost Tours and Osktoberfest. For more information on Halloweenfest go to www.brevardnc.org.


The Mystery Exhibit to Open at TC Arts Council on October 24

Featuring Artwork by Joe Bruneau & Friends

 Joe Bruneau, Stephen P. Jackson, John Adams, Eric Singdahlsen, Alexis Culver


The Transylvania Community Arts Council has teamed with local artist Joe Bruneau and his creative friends for this fun “Mystery” art exhibit. The Mystery Exhibit will open on Friday, October 24 and will be on display thru November 7. A reception for the public to meet the artists will be held on Friday, October 24 from 5-8 pm as part of Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk.

Artists in The Mystery Exhibit include: Joe Bruneau, Stephen P. Jackson, John Adams, Eric Singdahlsen, Alexis Culver and more. Mediums include: painting, photography, mixed media, collage and fiber arts. Joe Bruneau is the manager of Number 7 Arts Gallery and is well-known for his basket work. Bruneau said, “For almost 25 years I have enjoyed playing with color, texture, and shape with my baskets.” Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “We are excited to have Joe Bruneau and his friends do an exhibit here at TC Arts Council. Joe has met tons of artists thru his career and we let him pick who he wanted to exhibit with him for the this art show.”

The Transylvania Community Arts Council Gallery is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org.

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An Evening of Art   

Sunday, October 12 @ JAIME’S from 5 – 8 pm

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council will host a fall fundraiser on Sunday, October 12 entitled  “Chair-ity” Transformed: An Evening of Art. The event will be held from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the new restaurant, JAIME’S Creole Brasserie, located inside the Old Grover’s Building at 44 East Main Street. Tickets are only $55 and are on sale now at Number 7 Arts on Main St. and at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard (TC Arts Council).

Tickets bearers receive heavy hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Jaime Hernandez, two glasses of wine from Broad Street Wines or craft beer from Brevard Brewing. There will be live artist demonstrations, and silent and live auctions. The silent auction includes artwork, chairs and more. Keith Dragt, co-owner of Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques is our (trained) guest auctioneer and will sell off a juried selection of chairs and furniture.

Jaime’s menu for this special evening includes; delectable duck & andouille sausage gumbo, jambalaya with cajun rice, New Orleans barbecue shrimp & grits, a carving station, jumbo lump crabmeat ravigote, his famous crawfish cheesecake, and a cheese & charcuterie display. For dessert, there will be scrumptious white chocolate bread pudding with white chocolate sauce & raspberries, baked brie en croute with bourbon caramel & fresh berries and petit four bites.

Start shopping the chairs that have been transformed by local artists now while they are displayed throughout downtown Brevard and the surrounding area. Merchants that donated window space so far are: United Community Bank, Blue Ridge Bakery, The Grateful Dog, Brevard Painting and Decorating Center, Local Color, Broad Street Wines, Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop, D.D. Bullwinkel’s, be-Boutique, Moose Tracks, Ginger M Salon, Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Roost, Fox Hollow, Mountain Quilts, Spice it to a Tea, Proper Pot, Drew Deane Gallery, Red Wolf Gallery, Number 7 Arts Gallery, Lilly T’s, Crystal Mountain Gem Mine, Cherry Tree, Pink Flamingo, Underground Salvage, Theophilus, Kiwi Gelato, Baby Ink, Main Street Ltd., and Pure Pets. They will also be online at tcarts.org, click on Chair Auction.

Generous local artists have donated their time and talent to transform these chairs into artwork; Christine Kosiba, Drew Deane, Ellen & Don Stinchcomb, Kenson Thompson, Becky Young, BJ Winchester, Katy Rosenberg, Isabelle Von Losch, Mike Tiddy, Adrienne Casteen, Donna Allstaedt, Donna Hunter, Kitty Edwards, Lori Roberts, Margo Evans, Barbara Burkhart, Sacha Barnett, Elaine Bailey, Donna Ross, Tom McGow, Kay Tiddy, Barbara Hawk, Russell Newton, Jacki Walker, Sheri Walters, Barbara Bowers, Penny Mann, Lisa Fraker, Linda Lube, Lin Cotton, Ea Dossey, Francine Menor, Donna Rickard, Elizabeth Colvin, Carol Jerome Moorman, Ammie Orr, Sue Giordano, Cynthia Zimmerman, Amber Steed, Rose Camp, Cora Niver, Becky Young, Transylvania Vocational Services and more.

Silent auction items have been donated by local artists and businesses. Donators include: Pure Pets, Healthy Harvest, Oskar Blues, be-Boutique, Suzie Knapp, Brian Kuehn, Joe Bruneau, Elda Brown, Madelene Gozansky, Carlene Jerome, Melissa Kooker, Rose Haynes, Nancy Rosenthal, Dian Magie, Tom McGow, Francine Menor, Barbara Sammons, Sharyn Fogel, Ann Zelle, Nancy Shoemaker, Paula Poad, Carol Moorman, Amber Steed, Lucy Rodes, Paul Thomas, Hugh Tucker, Russell Newton and many more.

Major Event Sponsors include:  Trade-Arama Folk Art & Antiques, Steve Owen & Associates, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Brewing, United Community Bank, Leadership First, Co.- Lynne C. Joyce, and Jaime’s Creole Brasserie Restaurant located at 44 East Main Street. Business Sponsors include: Sunset Motel, Highland Books, The Grateful Dog, Number 7 Arts, Theophilus, Brevard Insurance, Ginger M Salon, Roost, Fox Hollow, Ernie’s Rock Shop, and local artist Sacha Barnett.

Organizers and committee members for the event include: Lori Roberts, Molly Jenkins, Paul Thomas, Margo Evans, Suzie Knapp, Hesper Dickson, Joe Bruneau, Lynne C. Joyce, and TC Arts staff.

The TC Arts Council is a non-profit organization that promotes all ARTS in Brevard & Transylvania County. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard.  For more information call TC Arts at 828-884-2787 or check out tcarts.org – click on Chair Auction.


Good Friend Dog Stool

“Good Friend” by Sacha Barnett

Folk City Caned Chair by Evans

“Folk Sit-y” Caned Chair by Margo Evans

Red Engine Rocker by Stinchcomb

“Rockin’ Red Engine” by Ellen & Don Stinchcomb


Hare Chair by Christine Kosiba

“Hare Chair–Chare” by Christine Kosiba



Current Exhibit from September 26 thru October 17

New Works by Shellie Lewis-Dambax & George Peterson

Shellie Lewis-Dambax is a visual artist working as a painter and mixed media artist. Her work has shown in the following galleries: Red Wolf Gallery – Brevard, NC, Atelier Gallery – Charleston, SC, Allison Sprock Fine Art Gallery – Charlotte, NC and the Watson Gallery – Atlanta, GA. Lewis-Dambax says of her process, “My work is a direct reflection of my mood and emotional state. I have an obsession to paint. The Act of creating is also a struggle for me that opens a new conversation and awareness within myself. The process of my paintings begin with writing, sketching randomly and rhythmically, applying various marks and splotches of paint, then I apply and remove paint to reveal images, developing them to my liking. This process may take hours or weeks to complete. I paint, construct and explore new means to create works that I desire to be emotional and authentic. Each encounter and creation of art adds meaning to my life and is essential to my sanity. I seek to explore my humaness through my art in hopes to connect to others. My work is a struggle.” To learn more about her artwork go to shellielewisdambax.com.

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George Peterson’s artwork stems from wood. You may have seen his wooden bowls in photos of the Oval Office. His work has appeared in galleries and exhibits across the country including: Red Wolf Gallery – Brevard, NC, the Smithsonian Craft Show – Washington, DC, del Mano Gallery – Los Angeles, CA, The Copper Fox Gallery, Lafontsee Gallery in Michigan, and SOFA in Chicago. Peterson says of his process: “I channel a lot of destructive energy into my art. I love to scar, break and burn the wood.  I’ll carve with a chainsaw, ax, chisels, fire….anything.  If it sounds a bit destructive it’s because it is. it stems right from punk rock and wanting to express myself in a basic and direct way– Breaking things can be so satisfying, and if you channel that into a piece of art, you can get a constructive, creative result. But that is just the first part.  After that, layers of color and polish are added and parts are rejoined with stitching and steel. The forms, colors and textures are carefully and deliberately considered until the work comes together.” To learn more about his work go to www.circlefactory.com.

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Drawing From the Human Form 

Artwork by Ben Long – James Daniel – Angela Cunningham

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Pottery Classes Added for Fall

FAMILY CLAY                                                                                                                      

Saturday’s August 30, September 13, October 11, November 1, November 22                         

9 am – 11 am

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for families called Family Clay on certain Saturday mornings. See dates listed above. The class runs from 9 am—11 am. It takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant and children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.  There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.

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TRY POTTERY for Adults 15+                                                                                             Saturday Evenings 6 pm – 8 pm
August 30 – wheel throwing, September 13 – hand building, October 11 – wheel throwing, November 1 – hand building, November 22 – wheel throwing

Mountain Roots, Inc will lead this pottery program for adults (15+) on Saturday, evenings from 6-8 pm. Classes takes place at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC. Cost is $40 per participant. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. Reservations are required. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.


Pottery Independent Study presented by Mountain Roots, Inc at TC Arts

Wednesdays 6-9 pm & Sundays 1-5 pm

September 3 – 28  & October 5-29

Mountain Roots, Inc will host this Pottery Independent Study program from September 3 – 28. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6- 9 pm and Sundays from 1–5 pm at the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. Cost for the program is $110 per person plus the cost of clay. There needs to be a minimum of 4 participants for this class to be held. Mountain Roots, Inc will offer this program again on October 5 – 29. To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787. For questions about the program email Mountain Roots, Inc. ali@mountainroots.org.    





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Photos courtesy Tom McGow

And the winners for the 2014 Duck Race are:

1st Place Connor & Aaron Donnelley

2nd Place Loretta Kilpatrick

3rd Place Nancy Knight

4th Place Christian Rosenberg

5th Place Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine

6th Place Linda Mullins

7th Place Cindy Roach

8th Place Lauren Case

9th Place Earl Ward

Last Place Lucky Duck    Jacolyn Vidrine or Vidrine

Thank you to the sponsors: Comporium, Transylvania Times, City of Brevard, Think It Studio, Sunset Motel, St. Marie Financial, Brevard College, DD Bullwinkel’s, Rocky’s Grill, Number 7 Arts, Blue Ridge Bakery, Theophilus, Locals, and the NC Arts Council.

Winners of the sponsor race were:

1st Place Sunset Motel

2nd Place Transylvania Times

3rd Place City of Brevard

4th Place Think It Studio

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Winners Announced for the 10th Annual White Squirrel Photo Contest

WS photo contest Nuttiest Ruth Cech WS photo contest 1st place Vickie McCall Carpenter WS photo contest 2nd place Margaret Howard WS photo contest 3rd place Tom McGow

The Transylvania Community Arts Council has partnered with the White Squirrel Festival this year to sponsor the White Squirrel Photography Contest. More than 25 images were entered and the judges have cast their votes. And the Winner is . . .

First Place Photo: Vickie McCall Carpenter  – “A Smile For You”

Second Place Photo: Margaret Howard – “Snow Time”

Third Place Photo:  Tom McGow – “Manning His Post”

People’s Choice Award:  Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”

Honorable Mentions:

Jack Christfield – “Squaring Off”

Ruth Cech – “Almond Joy”

Frank Hawkins – “White Squirrel”

Steve Woodsmall – “Unega”

Joyce Ashworth – “I Love Springtime”

Nuttiest Photo: Ruth Cech – “Good Grief”

Photographs entered into the photo competition are currently on display at the TC Arts Council as part of their animal exhibit entitled Walk on the Wild Side – animals in art. The winning photos can be seen downtown during the White Squirrel Festival from May 23  – 25 in the window at Raw 44 Juice Bar located at 44 East Main Street inside the Old Grover’s building. Or stop by the TC Arts Council from Monday – Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm to see the photos and the animal exhibit now thru May 30. The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. For more information call 828-884-2787.


Winners Announced for the 2014 TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition

Grand Champion for the Finals: Claire Griffin wins Grand Champion  Friday night at the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition. L to R: Rick Slone - Executive Planners, NC, Claire Griffin - Grand Champion,  and Lori Roberts - Emcee for the evening.

The Transylvania Community Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC is proud to announce the winners of the TC Arts Youth Performing Arts Talent Competition that was held Friday night at Brevard Little Theatre. Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “It was a fun evening filled with 21 youth from Transylvania County singing, playing instruments, acting and dancing. I am so proud to work with this group of talented young people. Its amazing watching them learn and grow and improve each year.”Taking top honors in the 10 – 13 year old category: 1st Place: Madeline Dierauf – fiddle; 2nd Place: Greta Cullipher – singing; 3rd Place: – Brooklyn Rising – singing. The winners for the 14 – 17 year old category were: 1st Place: Claire Griffin – singing, dancing and acting; 2nd Place: Sarah & Maya Borhaug – comedy skit; 3rd Place: Madeline Lefler – singing. And the Grand Champion for the evening was Claire Griffin with her rendition of “Ring Them Belles.”

Talent finals 10 - 13 year olds L to R: Brooklyn Rising - 3rd Place, Greta Cullipher - 2nd Place and Madeline Dierauf - 1st Place

TC Arts Council and Executive Planners, NC would like to thank the following judges for working the finals: Marla Cilley, Stan Moress, Faith Quesenberry-Malloy, Jennifer Merrell, Don DeBiase, Sammy Kicklighter and Ann Sharpsteen. A special thank you goes to our judges that worked with the kids during auditions to improve their performances: Jennifer Merrell, Tammy Hopkins, Ann Sharpsteen and Don DeBiase. The Emcee for the finals was the ever funny and entertaining Lori Roberts and helping her backstage was Betsy Langston, Bob Stacy, Paula Wesley, and Matt Sharpsteen. Helping TC Arts Council to coordinate this event was Ann Sharpsteen and Rick Slone of Executive Planners, NC.

Talent Finals 14 - 17 years old  L to R: Madeline Lefler - 3rd place, Maya & Sarah Borhaug - 2nd Place  and 1st place Claire Griffin.

TC Arts Council would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting this program: Executive Planners, NC, Comporium, Wells Fargo, WSQL Radio, Transylvania Times, Betsy Barefoot & John Gardner, Brevard Little Theatre, Big Mike’s Pizza, Brevard Piano, www.IloveBrevardBlog.com and LaPetite Travel. All proceeds from this event go to support the TC Arts Council’s youth art programs from Arts in Schools, to scholarships to Summer Art Camp and Pottery Camp.


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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

Artwork from the Transylvania County Student Art Show
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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 

Gallery Hours – Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Directions to Transylvania Community Arts Center/Council.